Sociologist and economist, teaches at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador in St. John's, NL
Anton Oleinik is a professor of sociology at Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John’s, Canada). He holds two doctorates, in sociology (from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, 2000) and economic sciences (Habilitation from the the Central Economics and Mathematics Institute, 2012). Some of his work includes The Invisible Hand of Power: An Economic Theory of Gatekeeping (Routledge, 2015), Knowledge and Networking: On Communication in the Social Sciences (Transaction, 2014; paperback edition: 2016); Market as a Weapon: The Socio-Economic Machinery of Dominance in Russia (Transaction, 2011; also published in Russian), and Organized Crime, Prison and Post-Soviet Societies (Ashgate, 2003; also published in French and Russian). He edited several collective volumes, namely Changing the State without Changing the Model of Power (Routledge, 2009; also published in Russian), The Institutional Economics of Russia’s Transformation (Ashgate, 2005; also published in Russian) and a special issue of Comparative Sociology. His articles appeared in Quality & Quantity, Science & Engineering Ethics, Educational Research Review, Science in Context, Journal of Economic Issues, Europe-Asia Studies, Post-Communist Economies, Comparative Sociology, Crime, Law and Social Change, Public Policy and Administration, IATSS Research, and several other scholarly journals. He is also a regular contributor to Ukrainian Pravda, the most popular political internet-portal in Ukraine, Vedomosti and RBC Daily, two daily newspapers in Russia.
Is there something that Ukraine can teach the West? The question is not as outlandish as it may seem at first sight. Ukraine's unique experience in fighting for human dignity may be of relevance in reviving democratic institutions elsewhere. Yet it is definitely not up to the Ukrainian government to be a role model.